Kitzlochklamm - gorge - mysterious

The Kitzlochklamm gorge is certainly one of the most beautiful and impressive gorges in our Alpine region. The unique natural spectacle with numerous idyllic bays, towering jagged rock faces, an impressive hermitage and the spectacular bridge make the gorge a special kind of excursion for the whole family.

The Kitzlochklamm gorge is an adventure for the whole family

Fascination Kitzlochklamm

The Rauriser Ache shoots through the narrow rocky slopes with irrepressible force. The crystal-clear water roars one last time between the shimmering limestone slates before pouring into the Salzach Valley. The Taxenbacher Kitzlochklamm is one of the most beautiful gorges in the Austrian Alps, located in the centre of Salzburger Land. Over many thousands of years, rain and meltwater have created an impressive natural spectacle on the edge of the Hohe Tauern National Park, the largest protected area in Central Europe. Idyllic bays and jagged, metre-high rock faces cast a spell over nature lovers from May to October. The sun's rays dance between mossy stones in the glistening water dust like little elves.

Footbridges and tunnels from the 16th century open up the gorge to hikers and walkers, who can admire the natural beauty on their tour to the idyllic hermitage. A spectacular bridge high above the roaring water promises thrills for the whole family. The hike continues to the Embach pilgrimage church of Maria Elend.  On guided tours, visitors learn many details about the formation of the gorge and discover other treasures of the wild and romantic gorge, such as the Ritzstollen.

Kitzlochklammstrasse 16
5660 Taxenbach, Österreich

Phone: +43 6543 5219 or
Phone: +43 6543 5252 

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Kitzlochklamm Gorge eye Observation deck The view into the depths

Our tip - visit the oservation Deck in the middle of the Kitzlochklamm. And what for a great view into the deep of the cave. Surrounded from high stone walls you will be fascinated from the phenomenal nature.

FAQ - Your questions & our answers

How long does it take to walk through the Kitzlochklamm gorge?

The hike through the Kitzlochklamm gorge is approx. 1.5 km long and takes approx. 1.5 - 2 hours. However, the hike can be extended in the direction of the Maria Elend pilgrimage chapel. This circular route goes through the Kitzlochklamm to Embach and ends back at the Kitzlochklamm car park. Please plan a walking time of approx. 3 hours for this hike. 

How many steps does the Kitzlochklamm gorge have?

As soon as you have passed the waterfall and crossed the first bridge, you will descend to the gorge via approx. 400 steps. In the meantime, you have the opportunity to rest on a bench or enjoy the view. The steps only need to be negotiated on the ascent, the way back is through a small wooded area back to the car park. 

Are dogs allowed in the Kitzlochklamm?

Dogs are allowed in the Kitzlochklamm gorge. The paths have been designed with a local dog school so that they are paw-friendly. Very small dogs must be carried for a short distance. Please remember to keep your dog on a lead when you visit. 

Is there a car park at the Kitzlochklamm?

There is a car park directly at the entrance to the Kitzlochklamm gorge, which is also suitable for coaches. If this car park is full, there are two other large car parks a few minutes before the gorge.  From there you have to walk a few minutes to the entrance of the gorge. 

Can you visit the Kitzlochklamm gorge with a pushchair?

Due to the conditions, the Kitzlochklamm with its footbridges and stairs is unfortunately not suitable for a pushchair. We recommend a child carrier or back carrier. These can also be hired from sports shops in the area. 

Is it compulsory to wear a helmet in the Kitzlochklamm?

Your safety is important to us, which is why helmets are compulsory in the Kitzlochklamm. These can be hired at the entrance. It is also possible to use your own cycle helmet or climbing helmet. 

Are the car parks at the Kitzlochklamm free of charge?

Yes, the first two car parks in front of the Kitzlochklamm are free of charge. The car park directly at the entrance is subject to a charge. 

How long is it from the car park to the entrance?

If you park at the top two car parks, you have to walk about 10-15 minutes to the entrance of the gorge.

Where is the Kitzlochklamm gorge?

The Kitzlochklamm gorge is located in the municipality of Taxenbach at the beginning of the Rauriser Valley in Salzburgerland.  The Kitzlochklamm is a gorge of the Rauriser Ache and represents the exit from the Raurisertal into the Salzachtal.

What is a gorge?

A gorge is a ravine in the mountains that is crossed by a stream or river. This usually creates particularly beautiful bays, small waterfalls and special rock formations. The Kitzlochklamm gorge offers all of this and is particularly popular due to its jagged rock faces and natural beauty.

Can you climb in the Kitzlochklamm gorge?

The Kitzloch via ferratas are a special sporting attraction in the Kitzlochklamm gorge. These are particularly creative and selective and lead above the gorge. They offer an extraordinary view downwards, constantly accompanied by the rushing waters of the Rauriser Ache. 

Are the via ferratas in the Kitzlochklamm suitable for beginners?

The via ferrata routes in the Kitzlochklamm have different levels of difficulty. However, none of the via ferratas should be underestimated. They are only for experienced climbers. The cave sprint variant is particularly difficult and is one of the most challenging in the province of Salzburg.

Can I hire climbing equipment?

Via ferrata sets can be hired directly at the entrance to the gorge or at Gasthof Kitzloch (a few metres before the gorge). Hire is only possible for experienced climbers.